February 1935

Volume 3 Number 11  (35 of 88)

(NB – There is an error on Page 561 “The Editor’s Cockpit” where this issue is wrongly referred to as Volume 3 Number 12!)


This issue of Popular Flying magazine features NO “Biggles” story.  The last “Biggles” story was published in the May 1934 issue



This issue runs from page 553 to page 600 (48 pages)



Page 558 – Contents Page

(The contents page has now returned to its usual format)




Page 560 – A Frank L. Westley illustration of three of the new “Pterodactyl” fighters as portrayed on the cover picture


Page 561 – The Editor’s Cockpit – W. E. Johns

(Not Subtitled)


Page 564 – Defending London in the Air – Interception – The Inside Story – “Lynx”

(“Lynx” is an officer who has just retired from the R.A.F. after many years’ service – Ed.)


Page 568 – Something New in Fighters – Flt./Lt. C. W. McKinley Thompson


Page 570 – The Truth about Warneford – Lt.-Commander R. F. Lee-Dillon

(“Who was flying with him a few minutes before his death”)


Page 573 – My Most Thrilling Flight – Captain A. H. Cobby

(This account was not published in 1936 in the book ‘Thrilling Flights’)




Page 575 – Portraits for Posterity (No. 8) – Captain Lanoe George Hawker, V.C.




Pages 576 and 577 – The Centre Pages – The Birth of an Aeroplane – From Mock-Up to Finished Article


Page 578 – The First Fighter Squadron – No. 11 Squadron R.F.C. – A. J. Insall

(On Page 579 there is a photograph of the remains of Baron von Richthofen’s aeroplane at the aerodrome of No. 3 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps, near Bertangles.  22nd April 1918)


Page 582 – Flying Wires – What the World is Doing




Page 584 – The Art of the Model Maker – Realistic Model Arrangements and Cunning Photography by Readers


Page 586 – Diamonds by Air – A Complete Story – John Rolf


Page 588 – Planes of History (No. 35) – The Pfalz Scout D.XII – illustrated by Howard Leigh


Page 590 – The Banqueting Season – Aviation Dines and Dances (a selection of photographs)


Page 598 – Under the Windstocking

(There are no letters this month but there is an excellent no nonsense article by W. E. Johns complaining about some of the ridiculous letters he receives ……. “In the first place I should like readers to bear in mind when they reach for their stylos, that while they have perhaps only one letter to write, that same epistle will be one of a hundred or more waiting to greet me on the Editorial desk the next morning.  Now if these letters were brief, to the point, or contained one honest-to-goodness question it might be possible to deal with them forthwith and still leave time for the more important work of getting the paper to press.  But they are not, and I sometimes wonder if the fellow who writes five closely written foolscap sheets about his past life, and finishes up by asking me to find him a job in aviation, seriously supposes that I have an hour or more to devote to what is, after all is said and done, of no interest to me or anyone else except himself.  Be reasonable.  And the same applies to the reader who thinks, presumably, that while he is writing he might as well make a job of it, and tabulates anything from a dozen to twenty questions the answering of which would involve a day’s work in a library ……..”))


Page 600 – The Buyers’ Log


On the back cover is the usual John Hamilton advert – for 9 of their books.

Books include ‘Planes of the Great War’ and “Wings. Flying Thrills” (“Winter Number Now Ready”) containing stories by W. E. Johns and others


Click here to see a much larger picture of the cover artwork – the artist is Frank L. Westley

The picture is titled “Something New in Fighters”